The other day I was confronted with the fact that I am not listening enough to God. At first I felt defensive inside. I started saying, “I just finished a great Bible Study and I do my devotionals weekly and pray many times each day!” They asked me again slower, “Are you taking the time to listen to God?”
Wow, I felt so convicted. The answer was really no. I’m not taking the time out to listen to Him. Oh, I talk to Him all the time, but I’m not as good at the listening, quiet part.
Do you feel that same way? Are you always asking for things, demanding things of God, or crying out for help each time you spend time with Him? Are you thanking Him daily?
A few months ago I went to see the movie The War Room. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it. It is so powerful and reminded me that I need to spend more time with Him in solitude and silence, no distractions. God wants all of us, not just a quick minute before we have to do another task.
The needs of our children can be great and our time is filled with helping them. Our priority should always be God first then everything else comes under that. He is the foundation of everything. It is ok to lean on friends, spouses, and church leaders, but God wants us to fully rely, trust, and lean on Him. He wants us to come to Him, talk to Him, but most importantly listen to Him.
I need to slow down, prioritize better my work/home life and make a scheduled time each day to listen to God. Sometimes mornings are better for people than evenings, what is better for you? What is a good time that you will be consistent and your time will be protected and not interrupted?
This time is so important if we want to be able to help our kids the best. Listening to God, growing closer to Him, listening to what His will is for you helps us to be better parents, spouses, and workers. This quiet time gives us strength and power through His mighty Word. Dig in the Bible, search His Word, and He will grow you closer to Him.
Who are you leaning on? Who are you listening to?